Brother Francis Shelter

Catholic Social Services and the Cook Inlet Housing Authority hired Livingston Slone to plan and design the Brother Francis Shelter and to shepherd the project through Community Council Meetings and Planning and Zoning Meetings. The Shelter faced formidable public challenges due to neighborhood concerns.

The $4M facility provides emergency shelter and rehabilitation assistance, moving clients back into mainstream society via two housing modalities: a large common area where the general population sleep on mats in a large common area and share communal showers, washers and dryers, and another level of guests who stay in small apartment rooms with shared baths and common areas. These accommodations provide privacy for quiet times, while also encouraging social interaction in shared common areas, thus enhancing social skill sets and a sense of community.

The Shelter offers much needed services to Anchorage’s homeless population. In 2008, the shelter served 3,025 homeless men and women. 80% of this population are men; 20% are women.

In addition to a meal, a shower and a safe place to sleep, the shelter offers case management services and access to housing assistance, employment and financial counseling, dental, medical and mental health care, and substance abuse treatment and counseling. But perhaps most importantly, the shelter offers the hope of a new beginning.